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Confused logic – Steve Stone says Newcastle must sell some of best players to improve team

4 years ago
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John Carver’s former sidekick, Steve Stone, has came up with an interesting plan if Newcastle United get promoted.

The former NUFC assistant boss says that the club will need to bring in added quality…but believes that the best route to do that, will be to sell some of the best players they currently have.

Steve Stone puts up the example of Dwight Gayle and states that if they are offered £15m or more then they could sell the striker to try and buy a better one.

The one-time England international declares ‘Newcastle are going to have to sell’ and I agree – but it makes absolutely zero common sense to be selling the best players you already have.

Newcastle do have to buy a better striker than Dwight Gayle but they have to keep him as well, he is the only quality finisher we have at the club, as last night’s game against Leeds proved.

Yes, get whatever you can for players such as Mitrovic, Perez and others who aren’t clear first choice players in the second tier.

With Gayle though, if you sold him for £15m or whatever, you would then have to spend at least that on his replacement AND also find that other better quality forward who would hopefully guarantee being your top goalscorer.

The likes of Darlow, Ritchie, Shelvey, Gayle, Clark, Yedlin and Hayden are the players Newcastle definitely have to keep if promoted. They are all either Premier League quality or definitely have the potential to be so.

Recent days saw the club accounts confirm that there was a surplus of £40m from in and out transfers last summer due to Rafa’s wheeling and dealing.

Thauvin’s £10m permanent move will go through this summer, whilst a host of other first team squad members and fringe players will also leave, adding to the incoming funds.

With the Premier League money to be added next season if promoted, then buying the four for five key quality players to improve the team should be manageable, if Mike Ashley allows Rafa Benitez to get on with it.

If another club offers a sum for any player that is far more than they are worth then if Rafa thinks he can bring in better with the money then great.

However, Dwight Gayle has scored 22 Championship goals at a rate of one every 97 minutes and in limited chances in the Premier League, scored 13 goals in 27 top tier starts (plus sub appearances) for Crystal Palace.

Just look at the crazy money spent on players in the past year and £15m for Dwight Gayle would only be a great deal for whoever was buying him.

Steve Stone speaking to Radio Five Live:

“Rafa Benitez might even get rid of players like Dwight Gayle.

“Somebody might offer £15m or £20m – a Championship team – to try and get back up.

“He might actually be sold to try and better Newcastle United – that is what might happen here.

“Newcastle are going to have to sell to get some better players in the team…they definitely need better players.

“There is no way that they can go up with this team, defensively they just aren’t good enough.

“I have seen them all season and they concede goals.”

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